Alternate title: My Birthday list.
The best thing about make up: ZOMG PRETTIES 😀 ❤
The worst thing about make up: ZOMG PRETTIES THAT I CAN NEVER AFFORD ;_; </3
This season, the big cosmetic companies are making me weep with longing about their new products (and some older ones I’ve been hankering for for AGES), particularly as so many of the new items have turned up the pigment content. This season is all about colour, it seems, and I am all about that.
1. Nails Inc Floral Collection
I love nail polish, if you hadn’t already twigged that. And I love Nails Inc- their product very rarely lets me down, and they are a British company. I do so like to shop local. Their SS14 mini collection this year hasn’t inspired me that much- looking nearly identical to the previous year’s offering. Pastel brights are in this year again, but some different tones might have been more fun. That being said, their new Floral collection of polishes is right on the mark. Perfect pastel spring time shades meet kitsch, adorable flowery glitters to give you an artsy manicure in seconds.
I love glitter and confetti polishes, particularly those that step beyond the basic dot shapes. The lovely little flowers and pollen like specks do this perfectly. The ‘glitter’ is also matte rather than, err, glittery, which is perfect for a daytime-y, sunshiny look. *squeal* I NEED this polish in my life. Don’t get me started on the adorable packaging either. Argh.
This collection is available in 5 shades from nude through to blues and pinks. Each shade is £12, so for the full set you are looking at a £60 spend. My tip, if you are thinking of this collection, is to go for Floral Street Mews and Richmond Gardens. The former is a blossomy pink with hint of turquoise, nude and blue. The latter is turquoise with hints of pastel pink and meadowy, limey green. Between the two of these, you will probably be able to match most spring time outfits, and for me, they are the prettiest shades.
2. Lime Crime Velvetines
Oh lord. I have wanted a velveteen or two since the launch of Red Velvet and Suedeberry back in the day. If I think too hard about Pink Velvet I get the ‘need’ shakes. The latest colours (The Clueless Witch Collection- basically dark red, black and brown) don’t set my heart aflutter as much, but that’s just me.
Now readily availiable in the UK via several online boutiques, I really don’t have much excuse for not snapping one of these beauties up ASAP. If you don’t know about Velvetines, let me lay it down for you. The formula applies like a lipgloss, sets matte like a matte finish lipstick and lasts like a lip stain. They are insanely pigmented and dry to a velvety, rose petal finish. They’re also Vegan and cruelty free.
When I do pull my finger out/find the cash (Approximately £11.50 each) for one of these, I will be going for the gorgeous Red Velvet and the pretty Pink Velvet. Red Velvet is a sexy classic pin up red on the cool side, and Pink Velvet is pretty much the same tone in pink- deeper and bluer than fuchsia.
3. Urban Decay Naked 3
This time last year, I was making the same noises about the Naked 2 palette. I needed a good nude palette for work and play, and this one was the real deal.
I’ve had my Naked 2 palette for nearly 9 months now, and I still use it every time I put on makeup. I love the shadows, particularly Half Baked and Chopper, though there are a few I simply don’t use, I love the big mirror and I love love LOVE the brush. And the primer potion and lipgloss it came with were nothing to sniff at.
Naked 3 had me making whale noises when I saw it in the shop. It’s everything I LOVE about Naked 2, but warmer and pinker. It’s like a hug for your eyes. The 12 shades are all brand new, with the same lovely mix of pearls, shimmers and mattes. They’ve thrown in another of those awesome brushes, plus 4 resealable samples of their range of primer potions (which are awesome, I must add).
Without owning it, the shades I am most excited about are Dust (a pretty shimmery light pink), Buzz (an antique rose pink and likely perfect contour for Dust) and Blackheart (an incredible warm black with floating, shimmery pink glimmers. It’s like bonfire smoke.)
Basically, come hell or high water, I WILL get this palette. Theres no reason not to. It is, for me, a better version of the Naked 2, and therefore perfect. It’s available for around £37 now- I’ve linked above to Debenhams simply because thats where I saw it in the flesh for the first time, and the UK Urban Decay website is SHOCKINGLY AWFUL.
4. Urban Decay Electric Palette or Sugar Pill Electro Cute Neon Pigments
I have bundled these two products together because they perform a similar function: they provide wild, super pigmented neon-bright colour for your eyes. Eee!
Urban Decay’s new Electric Palette gets me weak at the knees. The colours here are pressed pigments, not just ‘eyeshadows’. This means that have a rich, crazily high pigment load- the bright colours on the palette are what you will get on your face, and they won’t fade. Some of the shades are more brights than neons, and there’s even a glittery silver to add some robo-chic to your look. With an audaciously enormous mirror and double ended crease/blending brush, this has to be the palette of the summer.
My top shade picks from this palette are Thrash, a true neon lime/yellow with a touch of gold, Urban, a deep violet, Chaos, a true bold unapologetic blue, and Slowburn, a fiercely bright orangey red. Since this palette contains purn pigments, they should blend together easily into new shades, or so I hope. I look forward to being a neon peacock. At £38, it’s a fair price too.
If you want loose colour, and even more neon-ness, and from a guaranteed cruelty free company, look no further than the wonderful Sugar Pill Cosmetics. Their Electro Cute Neon Pigments look like coloured sugar, full of multifaceted sparkle, but with the same high pigment load and staying power of the other sugar pill products. They’re also Vegan.
The plus side of the loose powders is generally pot size (you will never run out) and ease of brush loading for mind-blowing colour from the first brush stroke. They do like primer or creme shadow to stick to though- the afore mentioned Primer Potion is a good call. The downside is the price. Each shade is $16 (approximately £9.50), or £10.95 with a UK stockist. For all five, you could pay nigh on £55, plus P&P. If this is a bit steep but you are interested, look out for Sugar Pill’s occasional sales, and bear in mind that international shipping from their site is free for purchases over $100. Going in with a friend, this is really easy to achieve.
My favourite Electro Cutes are Hellatronic, a nigh prussian shade of colour excellence, Love Buzz, because it’s piiiiiink, and Sparkage, because neon green is so fun, and green looks awesome with brown eyes, like mine.
5: OCC Colour Cosmetic Pencils
Ladies and Gentlemen, they’re vegan and cruelty free. They’re multi functional. They’re endorsed by my favourite Drag Diva, Willam Belli. The Colour Cosmetic Pencils match up with OCC lip tar shades perfectly, to provide the perfect line for the your tarred lips. They can also be used as eye popping eyeliners.
Anti-Feathered is a little different from the rest of the bunch, being clear. It acts as an invisible liner- perfect for use with any rich lip colour, as a lip balm/primer for lip colour wear, and can even be used as a primer for eye colour to keep in in place. This is my top pick of the lot for its extra versatility.
OCC is famous for its pure pigments and colour intensity, and they don’t skimp on these pencils. I can’t wait to get my paws on NSFW, a true rich red, Anime, a perky bright pink and Pool Boy, A luscious swimming-pool blue. If you’re looking for a more pedestrian eyeliner shade, there are several browns and tans, and a true black, but why not go wild with Grandma’s coral goodness, or Black Dahlia’s vampy plummy tones?
$16 (£9.50) on the official website and £11 via a UK stockist, these are my defining pick of the season. D’ya get it? Ha!
Which new products are you dying to smear all over your face?